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Stefan Coory
pimp my smac
on Mar 6, 2012 at 4:35:12 am

Out of interest is anyone out there Pimping their smoke. I am wondering if there are any interesting hacks people are doing to their systems be it hardware or software that improve capability or speed.
We have managed to get projectors working in action but I think thats pretty common.
Have considered SSD raids and dual gfx cards (but apparently not supported by autodesk)
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Grant Kay
Re: pimp my smac
on Mar 6, 2012 at 11:46:51 am

Hi,

There is a list of supported hardware that we offer.

The high-end graphics cards are quite specific because of the features on the card and what is supported by OS X.

For everything else... CPU/memory/hard-drives/Storage... As I am concerned, the bigger the better.

Loads of people say go for a SSD system disk, max out the memory slots on the MacPro and than the media storage is down to your budget. Fibre attached RAIDs give mad performances but so does thunderbolt these days... so its your choice. It's all about the bandwidth.

Apologies that I can't be more specific but I can't favour one or the other manufacturer etc..

Regards
Grant

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robert coulin
Re: pimp my smac
on Mar 6, 2012 at 12:57:59 pm

hi,

in theory you could add a linux background renderer, which you could also use for wiretap gateway (except for prores) -
this would leave more performance on you "main" mac
but few mac users want linux somewhere around .... ;-)

robert

robert coulin
http://www.dreamwalks.com


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Stefan Coory
Re: pimp my smac
on Mar 8, 2012 at 10:31:56 pm

Thanks both very much for the replies.

We currently have 2 smacs both on MacPro 5,1 , 2x2.93 hexacore
We have SSD system drives with sata raids
24 Gb of ram and QuadroFX4800
Anything you think would give a marked improvement upgrade wise?

We also have 2xz400 as our burn farm and I believe we are limited to 1 burn license per smoke license ... is there anyway around that ? more burns would be awesome.

With the heavy compositing work we do in a client attended environment more speed is always invaluable.

We are keen to get another suite set up but with Apple apparently moving into the 'post PC' era we are losing faith in the MacPro's future. I guess windows/linux systems need to be considered.

Regards

Stefan
http://www.blockhead.co.nz


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moody glasgow
Re: pimp my smac
on Mar 8, 2012 at 10:50:09 pm

I wonder if Autodesk will sell Smoke for Linux the way it sells Smoke for Mac... It would be nice if they sold a software only version of the Smoke for Linux, and keep the Flame as a "Premium" turnkey system.

moody glasgow
smoke/flame
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robert coulin
Re: pimp my smac
on Mar 9, 2012 at 8:08:26 am

hi,

right, 1 burn lic per smokeOnMac - of course you can use both burns with both smacs. license is per workstation not per cpu, so multicores bring additional power here ...
not sure if adsk is selling burn licenses individually ...

robert

robert coulin
http://www.dreamwalks.com


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